It’s the start of a new year. And what better way to kick off 2018 than a visit to the London Boat Show?
It’s a great opportunity to check out all the latest watersports products and gear, dazzling boat debuts and water-based activities for all the family. Also this year, the show has included the new ‘Boating and Watersports Holiday Show’.
This portion of the show is a wonderful chance for visitors to find help on deciding what to do, where to go or what to get for their new water-based adventure in 2018. Whether you’re seeking new adventures on the open ocean, a family boating holiday on the UK’s inland waterways, or you’re interested in the latest watersports gear, you’ll find it all at the 5 day Boating and Watersports Holiday Show at the London Boat Show.
Other show attractions and activities include the Activity Pool for the kids, displays of classic boats, the Yachtman’s Bar, Party Night for the adults, the Beach Club plus lots more.
To attend as our VIP guest to the show, you can register here: http://bit.ly/2AGPqrE. It’s quick and easy to do. One of our wellness experts will be in touch with you shortly to confirm details of your arrival day and guests.
Can things that were hot – still be cool after 20 years?
This year was notable for the birth of the first clone, Dolly the Sheep, which was pretty cool. It was also the time that the first girl band with Ginger, Sporty, Posh, Scary and Baby of the Spice Girls’ had their first hit ‘Wannabe’.
Also hitting the news in ’96 was the introduction of the first genetically modified (or GM) food to go on sale in British supermarkets. Modified tomato puree was the cause of all the fuss with some critics dubbing it a “Frankenstein food”.
The world of sport was dominated by England’s hosting of the European football championships (Euro ’96). The England v Scotland group stage match drew much attention with Gazza’s wonder goal eventually stealing the win for the home team.
Entertainment wise, carrot topped Chris Evans re-invented the chat show format with his hit show ‘TFI Friday’. Presenting celebrity gossip, the hippest bands and lad friendly guests, this unscripted, chaotic program briefly made Evans the most sought after man on TV … we’ve yet to see how he does on with his latest incarnation on ‘Top Gear’.
The big screen was blessed with one of the best British films, ‘Trainspotting’. Despite featuring heroin, needles, vomit and disgusting toilet bowls, this was the coolest thing of the year and took Ewan McGregor from nowhere to ‘Star Wars’.
The more family friendly film of 1996 was ‘Toy Story’; it being the first feature length movie ever to be animated entirely by computer. The results were quite stunning and people flocked to see ‘Woody’ (a pull-string cowboy) and ‘Buzz Lightyear’ (a high-tech space ranger) battle it out to become little Andy’s favourite toy.
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Before we get into what happened at the show, we’d like to wish you all a Happy New Year! Here’s hoping that your Christmases and NYs was just as spectacular as you’ve hoped. Now we all familiar with the saying, ”New Year, new you” and sometimes it’s is easier said than done! But it’s never too late to take better care of yourself physically or treat yourself more. And what better way to get this message across than at the London Boat Show. As always, the London Boat Show remains our first big event of the annual year and usually sets the tone for the rest of the year. One word to sum up London Boat Show 2016? Inspiring.
We were treated to all kinds of entertainment, exhibits and celebrities. The star studded guest-list varied from Made In Chelsea star Lucy Watson, who opened up London Boat Show 2016 to Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville who unveiled the highly-anticipated new Sunseeker yacht model. After being treated to a wonderful live performance from The Overtones, we got down to work showcasing our Hot Tubs & SwimSpas to the masses. In between we managed to check out some of the other exhibits, including Sunseeker International, Land Rover, Prestige Yachts, Princess Yachts, Fjord, Honda and RYA.
As well as seeing some amazing boats, gadgets and experiential exhibits, we also came across some interesting people. As well as the general public, special guests ranged from the Tourism minister David Evennett to four time Olympic Gold winner Sir Ben Ainslie. Even though the event was on for 10 days, it seemed to had just flown by just like that. We miss it already, but there’s lots to look forward to this year. Including the Ideal Home Show & Grand [...]
It was that time again of year again where Hydropool sponsored driver, Darren Turner and the rest of the Aston Martin Racing team took to Bahrain to partake in the FIA WEC’s final racing weekend of the year. It has been a tricky year for the AMR team and there have been a number of ups and downs. The last race in Fuji was quite eventful with the poor weather and such so Turner (and the team) were hoping for a good turnaround this time. Having gained a few places up in the leadertable in Fuji, the AMR went ahead and went all out for a chance on the podium.
Read up on Darren’s account of the weekend’s hurdles in the press release below;
Darren Turner was back in business in Bahrain yesterday, finishing the final race of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship on the podium in third place, along with his team-mate Jonny Adam.
All of the Aston Martins had a balance of performance adjustment before Bahrain. Once the practice sessions got underway on Thursday it became apparent that they were back in contention.
Turner and Adam had to wait until the race to take full advantage of their pace as they both had trouble with traffic during qualifying.
“It was frustrating for both of us,” said Turner. “I was held up by (Andrea) Bertolini who was on his out lap and Jonny got held up too so we weren’t able to show the potential that we had at that point.”
After a couple of wet races the ‘6 Hours of Bahrain’ got underway beneath sunny skies and without the assistance of a safety car. Adam was in the #97 Aston Martin for the opening stint before handing [...]
Darren Turner has arrived back from #6hFuji, a blistering weekend down in Japan where he and his fellow Aston Martin Racing team competing in the 6hr Fuji race in the on-going FIA World Endurance Championship. Competing alongside his fellow Brit teammate Jonny Adam, Turner managed to finish in 6th place at the end of the #6hFuji race.
After Aston Martin trying to regain a higher position on the leader-table, it was said that the AMR Team were happy about receiving an adjustment after the previous race in Austin, Texas. But this time round it wasn’t enough to push the Aston Martin Racing Team to give Ferrari & Porsche a serious run for the money…yet.
“We had a small BoP change after COTA that took us around halfway back to where we were at the start of the year,” said Turner. “We all know that BoP is necessary to level the playing field across the different manufacturers and it is a difficult thing to get right. It wasn’t enough this time but it was a step in the right direction.”
The #6hFuji sessions on Friday were mostly done in dry conditions, which was great for both Turner and Adam finding a decent balance in the car. Although qualifying conditions was deemed too dry, both Turner and Adam gave it all they could to pick up that magically fleeting lap time. Their efforts resulted in being placed 6th on the grid table.
“We didn’t have any significant problems,” explained Turner. “My first and second laps went well but then I had double yellows on lap three and a Corvette in the way on lap four so I couldn’t improve. That said, the car felt good and we got as much out [...]
Ahh Southampton…that time of year has already come and gone again. The phrase “We came, we saw, we conquered” comes to mind. We had such a fabulous time down in Southampton. The weather for the most part was reasonably decent and there was all kinds of fun attractions to see and cool exhibitions on show. From the hotly anticipated Sunseekers’ stand opening (this time featuring musicians Suzi Perry & Collabro) to the wonderful stands from fellow show sponsors Land Rover, Peters May, Honda Marine, Crown Pavilions, Intercontinental Wines & the British Marine.
There was also the Honda Youth RIB Championships going on by the Marina and we were treated to an amazing air performance by none other than the amazing Red Arrows. We even had a visit from the Minister Of Shipping during the show. Southampton Boat Show 2015 is definitely one for the memory banks. Wonderful time, just wonderful!
Be sure to check out the gallery below of our lovely time at the Southampton Boat Show 2015. You can also see much more images on our Pinterest.
Darren was out and about this weekend at the Nurburgring racing event, doing his part for the Aston Martin Racing team’s attempt to gain a lead in the WEC leaderboard. Driving alongside Stefan Mucke (GER) & their new team-mate Jonny Adam (GB), the weekend event unfortunately didn’t go according to plan for the AMTeam. Having finished in 6th place, the boys admitted to not being in their front leading form (despite working hard during a gruelling 6hr race). You can read Turner’s press release for the weekend event just below.
Turner and Mucke qualified the #97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE in seventh place on Saturday, below their usual top three grid position. All of the Aston Martins have been handed smaller restrictors in balance of performance changes since Le Mans and the resulting reduction in power became very apparent on Saturday.
“It’s puzzling as neither of us could get a good time out of the car in qualifying,” said Turner. “It wasn’t just the balance of performance changes as we were also off what the other Aston Martins were doing so it’s a bit of a mystery at the moment.”
Mucke started the race and he made a good getaway, taking sixth place early on. Richie Stanaway in the #99 Aston Martin found a way past Stefan after a few laps but just a few minutes later Ferrari’s Gianmaria Bruni – the championship leader – stopped on the track with a technical problem and the #92 Porsche received a drive through penalty for jumping the start so this boosted the #97 Aston Martin to up to fifth place.
Just before the close of the first hour, Mucke pitted from sixth place to hand over to Turner, who joined [...]
Aston Martin Racing team’s very own works driver (a damn good one too) Darren Turner recently shared with everyone that the speed team has negotiated with the driving aficionado to stay on for another 3 years. (They’d be crazy to do otherwise).
With such fantastic news, we’re beyond ecstatic for Darren and wish him all the best of luck for this new phase in his career with Aston Martin Racing. Managing Director Jonathan Bunn reached out to Turner to wish him “Congratulations on your 3 year deal & furthermore with the formal agreement you have now reached with Aston Martin”.
Here’s a snippet of Darren’s reaction to the big news & Aston Martin’s press release a few days ago. “I’m delighted to share with you the press release (below) that has just gone out from Aston Martin Racing. Needless to say I am thrilled with this news and I very much look forward to many more exciting times ahead with Aston Martin.”
You can also follow Darren on Facebook & Twitter.
You can read the full press release below.
Aston Martin Racing re-signs Turner for ‘foreseeable future’
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World-class sportscar driver Darren Turner (GB) has signed a three-year contract extension with Aston Martin Racing, further cementing the brand’s loyalty to the racing ace who has been with the team since its formation in 2004.
Turner, who lives just a stone’s throw from Aston Martin Racing’s headquarters in Banbury, has celebrated many successes behind the wheel of an Aston Martin racing car, including two class wins in the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans. He has also raced in every class that the team has developed cars for; GT4, [...]
Ideal Home Show Scotland came and went back in the end of May and it was a fantastic show! We had the pleasure of meeting up with designer Diarmuid McGavin at the IHS show! A wonderful gentleman as always, he spent some time with us during the show (of which we loved every moment of it). But the Ideal Home Show wasn’t all about hot tubs. There was all kinds of newfangled products with lots of different stands and showrooms on view. We checked out Virgin Media’s Smart Home, which had the UK’s fastest broadband network in action, and allowed visitors to discover show-stopping telly with the TiVo® service. The home was divided into handy life-like living spaces including a kitchen, lounge, study and outdoor space so that visitors could see each product in its intended environment. Erskine had some wonderful garden displays on view, as well as learning some helpful tips and DIY hacks at the Ideal Home Theatre.
Also there were some of our favourite celebrity ambassadors; Amanda Lamb, Diarmuid Gavin, John Amabile and George Clarke!
To see more of the Ideal Home Show Scotland highlights, check out the gallery below. To see more, see our Pinterest.
Darren Turner took part at the start of the new FIA World Endurance Championship season in Silverstone. Darren came out with 10 points for the Aston Martin Racing squad, leaving the team in 5th place on the 2015 season leaderboard. With the first race in the series over, here’s what Darren Turner had to say about the April weekend, courtesy of Darren’s news team.
“The start was a bit chaotic with the LMP2 cars but this played to my advantage and I managed to sneak up the side of Richie (Stanaway) through turn one and then make it stick into turn two,” explained Turner. “I was happy to get up to second place but didn’t have the pace to match Nicki (Thiim) who had the lead.”
Unfortunately an early full course yellow (FCY) changed the race for all of the Aston Martins who had already pitted under normal race conditions before the yellow was thrown, which allowed their rivals to pit under caution.
“That’s how it rolls with the full course yellows,” said Turner. “They stabilise the race in a fair way but they can also give a huge advantage to those who are coming up to their pit stop window.”
Despite the issues that came up earlier on in the race, things balanced out when both Turner and his teammate, Stefan Mucke, were able to finish off the race with a decent finishing position for their team.
“It certainly wasn’t the weekend we were hoping for but after the first pit stops it could have been a lot worse,” said Turner. “The last couple of days have been good experience for the team. We will learn from this weekend and when we reconvene at Spa in a few weeks [...]